Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

San Gregorio Reservoir Long Hike
In San Pedro Parks Region

Hike Id H10081
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:57.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 7.1
Minimum Elevation 9269
Elevation Gain 783
Total Uphill 806
Total Downhill 806
Avg Grade 5 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 190
Drive Time Oneway 2:00
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.9 by 8 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 6A
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
Hiker Limit 15

Highlights Walk through mature aspen and evergreen forest, passing a picturesque reservoir. Then climb following a creek to high meadows filled with wildflowers.

Cautions Numerous downed trees to scramble over and marshy areas with saplings tied together to make walking easier.

Trailhead Directions I-25 north to Bernalillo exit 242, then west on US 550 to Cuba. Turn right (east) on SR 126 and travel 10 miles to FR 70. Turn left and drive 2-3 miles to PARK (0.0 mi) on the right for Trail 51. There are pit toilets here.

Actual Hike The direction of this hike is in-out. Go back across FR 70 to find the trailhead. Follow Vacas Trail (Tr 51) through evergreen forest to the San Gregorio RESERVOIR (1.0 mi) on the left.

Continue north around the east side of the reservoir, cross Clear Creek on a log bridge and turn right where an intersecting trail leads north. The trail goes through forest, marsh and open areas, climbing very gradually until it reaches another log crossing of Clear Creek at about 2 miles. At the DAMIAN TR (1.9 mi) intersection, bear left and continue on Vacas Trail towards San Pedro Parks.

At ORCHID GROVE (2.3 mi) you may find some Calypso orchids in bloom especially in June). Trail 51 follows Clear Creek for another mile through forest, open areas and snow patches (in early June). Pass the JCT 51/34 (3.1 mi) signpost (Rito Anastacio Tr). Trail 51 continues climbing for another half mile to a large open meadow surrounded by evergreen and aspen.

Have LUNCH (3.5 mi) under a huge evergreen atop a hill with large downed logs adjacent, or just a couple of minutes further, you can have lunch at the SHADY STREAM (3.6 mi).

If you'd like, you can make a little loop by turning left again at TURN LOOP (3.9 mi). You'll intersect the trail you came in on back at JCT 51/34. Return back to the van the way you came.

Comments PLAN ON A LATE RETURN. It's not a difficult hike (although at high elevation), but why hurry when it's so beautiful? Early June proved a fine time for this hike. Calypso orchids bloomed in several spots on the first 2 miles of the hike. Iris were just beginning to bloom. We also saw false hellebore, marsh marigolds, mountain bluebells, white and purple violets, wild candytuft, and more dandelions than you could count. There are numerous downed trees to scramble over and some marshy areas with saplings tied together to make walking easier. If you come later in the summer, you'll see a different, but also pleasing, crop of flowers and mushrooms. Thanks to the Palo Duro Saturday group for the extra trailhead intersection and loop waypoints. This hike was added to the Hiking Collection by Roger Holloway.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N36 01.640 W106 50.807 (0.0 mi)
RESERVOIR: N36 02.347 W106 50.777 (1.0 mi)
DAMIAN TR: N36 03.586 W106 50.932 (1.9 mi)
ORCHID GROVE: N36 03.125 W106 50.635 (2.3 mi)
JCT 51/34: N36 03.633 W106 50.914 (3.1 mi)
LUNCH: N36 03.869 W106 50.759 (3.5 mi)
SHADY STREAM: N36 03.902 W106 50.722 (3.6 mi)
TURN LOOP: N36 03.914 W106 51.047 (3.9 mi)

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GPX:WayTrack, 26Jun15, Garmin, Bill Gloyd

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Text Author Judie Schwartz
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Bill Gloyd
Track Author Bill Gloyd
Maintainer Joan Weissman